West Tennessee Attractions

West Tennessee Attractions
In the Memphis area, there are more than five routes for biking, according to CityofMemphis.org. These routes pass through the Memphis Riverfront, Memphis Zoo and downtown, with signs posted in designated areas where the biking routes begin. Cars and bikes use the biking routes, and rest stops are available for bikers. The Mississippi River Trail is another biking trail in the Memphis area.

Memphis Zoo

More than 3,000 animals reside at the Memphis Zoo, established in 1906. Trip Advisor voted the Memphis Zoo as the best zoo in America in 2008. The Memphis Zoo sits on Overton Park, which spans more than 70 acres. There are 19 animal facilities within the zoo, and the zoo has three sections: east, central and west. Animals at the Memphis Zoo include aardvarks, wombats, cheetahs, giant pandas, hippos and mona monkeys. The Memphis Zoo has a variety of events, such as Valentine's dinner, private zoo tours and summer zoo camp. The hours of operation are November through February 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and March through October 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Memphis Zoo
2000 Prentis Place
Memphis, TN 38112
(901) 333-6500

National Civil Rights Museum

The Lorraine Motel, initially named The Windsor in 1925, is the location of the National Civil Rights Museum. Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated at this motel. This museum shows chronological descriptions of the civil rights movement, with temporary and permanent exhibits. The official website features a time line of the Lorraine Motel and the background of the museum. The museum is always accepting volunteers and donations. The hours of operation during the fall are Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Hours during the summer are Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

National Civil Rights Museum
450 Mulberry Street
Memphis, TN 38103
(901) 521-9699

Children's Museum of Memphis

Polly Glotzbach, Harriet McFadden, Mars Widdicombe and Harry J. Phillips, Sr. founded the Memphis Children's Museum in 1990. The museum has several exhibits, such as the bank, football lockers, supermarket and the time square. This museum also has a variety of events, including Cirque du CMOM, search parties and tot art. The Children's Museum has birthday and conference rooms. Hours of operation are Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Children's Museum of Memphis
2525 Central Avenue
Memphis, TN 38104
(901) 458-2678

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